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McConnell Folds On Amnesty. Time to Try Something Different.

First, the sad but obvious news.  McConnell has decided he’s going to give the Democrats what they want and pretend he’s putting up a fight with a separate bill to defund executive amnesty.   Reid responds by making it abundantly clear he has backhanded the chinless wonder into submission.  Now, we can all be upset about it for a week or two, churn out vast quantities of prose, and then watch it all fade, or we can try something new.

How do these idiots keep getting elected?  Well, they have money and when dealing with conservatives, an actual capacity to fight.  Unfortunately, they also network and that is something we haven’t considered at any length.  Seeing as how McConnell is causing trouble from leadership, let’s trace back how he got there and take it out on those responsible.  We can start with the Establishment sellout that helped McConnell keep his job and owns all of his failures and betrayals for the next six years:  Senator Rand Paul.

Here are the highlights.  Rand Paul endorsed him (prior to him getting an opponent in the hopes of scaring off primary opponents), cut ads with McConnell and lent him some nose-holding staff.  This helped our miserable excuse for a majority leader get him through the primaries against Matt Bevin.  It kept those of us who knew what his ‘leadership’ would mean from getting rid of him because 2016 Presidential ambitions.  There’s also Paul’s opinion on the tactics used by Cochran on McDaniel.  But hey, it’s only networking, right?  What’s an amnesty or any other disastrous policy McConnell refuses to fight in the face of some professional development?

Except it’s not just professional development.  These policies are going to have deleterious effects on the people that helped Paul attain his seat in the first place.  It’s why those of us who understood the importance of changing leadership were trying to make it happen, only to be screamed down by Establishment shills or overwhelmed by influence brought to bear.  But we’re all supposed to just forget about that and move on, right?  How about no.

Want to put a chill on Establishment networking?  Spend the next two years reminding everyone of Paul’s place in McConnell’s ascent to majority leadership.  McConnell’s return to the Senate is partly his work after all.  All the articles the MSM got to write about how McConnell crushed the Tea Party can be hung around Paul’s neck, and everything McConnell does can and should be considered during the 2016 primaries when Paul is asking for your vote.   Forget what he’s saying between elections now that the chances of anything coming of his words is next to nil.  He wanted to network with McConnell, so give him the professional development until it hurts.

Politics ain’t beanbag, or at least that’s what they tell us when the shoe is on the other foot.

No Theater on Amnesty

So far theater is what I’m seeing, and Obama just upped the ante on failing to stop him.  Illegals under his amnesty can get EITC tax credits from the previous year (read as ‘money back when they didn’t pay in’).  House conservatives are talking about a change in the Senate rules to get a funding bill past a filibuster, and Boehner is making tough-sounding noises.  It’s all sounding like the setup to yet another cave, only the Republicans are giving it extra-special treatment because they want the amnesty their cronies want without losing voters.

If they think they’ll find forgiveness this time they might want to think twice.  It’s amnesty.  Conservative blogs openly talk about Establishment duplicity after all their previous deceptions now.  To add an amnesty to it?  The backlash won’t be pretty and it likely won’t end.  It’s easy enough to show up and purge vote against a RINO when you know they won’t do anything and you want all of your opposition on the side that’s not yours.

Yes, Republicans managed to take back the Senate due to a combination of a six-year Presidency, Ebola, and ISIS, a combination that won’t be around in 2016.  Despite the delusions they may harbor, 2014 didn’t end conservatism for good, especially after they discredited the ‘greater good’ and ‘stop Harry Reid’ arguments for LOTE voting in record time with the Cromnibus.  There’s plenty of chatter confirming the discontent in the conservative mediasphere if you find these assertions wishful.

Amnesty Never Goes Away

Obama is goading Republicans on amnesty again, not that they need any.  Their crony-driven inclination is to pass it themselves and then promptly end when their base deserts, believing that they had no future unless they did it.  The newfound voting block puts the Democrats back into power and the whole country becomes like California with regards to who is in charge, namely their super-majorities and laws to help keep it that way.

The GOP and their consultants should just about figure that out when it’s crushing them out of existence just like the grassroots predicted it would.  It’s small consolation that they’ll be in shock once the Democrats have that much stable control.  They’re not going to share the trough with any other pigs once that happens.

What Will The Establishment Republicans Do On Amnesty?

Time to put on the amateur pundit hat and ask that question.  There’s been a lot of speculation and pessimistic predictions about the Republicans funding Obama’s amnesty and giving up the fight before it starts.  So what are the Establishment Republicans going to do on amnesty, and on anything else for the next two years?  That’s simple.  They’re going to do anything they damn well want.

It’s not that it’s going to work out for them in the end, or conservatives either.  It’s just that they have, in their minds, been wholly validated in 2014.  They beat us pesky conservatives their way.  They used any number of sleazy moves, monetary advantages, and dirty tricks to get themselves through their primaries, and yet in typical fashion the conservatives fell into line and voted to put them back into power.  Sadder still, no small number of us knew exactly what would happen when the Republicans recaptured Congress and the Establishment remained in control, but Harry Reid!!! and all that.   So if you’re one of them and still came out on top despite pulling crap like Mississippi on your own voters, what would you be thinking right now?  That’s right.  You’re validated and the conservatives are your noisy but cooperative vote serfs again.

So what will they do on amnesty now that they believe the big money donors who want it are the only people in need of tending?  What they’re doing right now.  Make some token noise and fund it, otherwise they risk a government shutdown and the crony gravy train stops that way.  Then, after two years of betrayals, folding, and Boehner specials occurring in both chambers, 2016 will come along and the Presidential campaign begins.  The whole “You must help us take the White House because <fill in the blank with some greater good, probably judges> or you’re a whiny non-true conservative unpatriotic whatever!” rears its ugly head and if we do what we’ve always done, we’ll make excuses and fall into line yet again.

The solution is simple.  You possess exactly one thing the Establishment cannot replace and that they currently don’t have to earn, namely your vote.  If they get your vote without question, they won’t do what you want and don’t have to care that you’re mad at them.  If you simply stay home, they get to feed from the federal trough as the minority party and make their careers that way.  The calls are just noise, registering Independent doesn’t matter because you still vote Republican, and the donations you no longer give them can be made up by groups like the Chamber of Commerce.  You’re going to have to start aggressively voting to sort sides.

The Establishment has to be gone and their successors need to see that you’ll vote to remove them if they become vile enough regardless of what it takes.  If the primaries aren’t enough, and they’ve gotten good at short-circuiting them, you’ll have to take it to the general election.  Either vote to get rid of them, or run an actual conservative candidate as a real choice and vote for them instead of the two Democrats battling one another.  The Democrats winning or losing seats makes no difference so long as the parties bear no practical distinction from one another.  Sort sides, and you start getting that distinction by putting all of your political opponents on the side that isn’t yours.

Anything else is the definition of insanity, and we’re all seeing how that’s working out in record time.  I’ve already used this theory on Gillespie so I’m not just hypothesizing here.  Short of a better solution, the alternative is more of the same.